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Have you had your say on the police precept for 2019/20 yet?

PCC Updates, Warwickshire

  • Incident number: Warwickshire PCC Update
  • Date: 03/01/2019
  • Sender: Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Business area name: Warwickshire

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe wants to hear your thoughts on three options he is putting forward to boost the numbers of police officers in the county.

The PCC is proposing to use a rise in the Police Precept (the portion of Council Tax which pays for policing) to recruit up to 100 new officers, community support officers and crime investigators. This will help Warwickshire Police meet rising demand and provide a better, more visible service to local communities.

Under the proposals, achieving the maximum number of new officers would require an increase of £2 per month for an average Band D council tax payer, but could deliver 85 new police officer posts, five new police community support officers and an additional 10 police staff investigators.

As well as these additional officers, the extra funding would also ensure that much-needed investments could continue to be made into modernising police IT and estates to ensure they are efficient and effective, enabling Warwickshire Police to deliver an improved service to the public.

Options for increases of £1.50 per month and £1 per month at Band D are also being consulted upon, but these would see fewer new officers posts created and no new PCSOs or police investigators appointed.  Find out more from the graphic below:

The proposals come as part of the draft budget for the 2019/20 financial year and would allow for officer numbers to be boosted and deliver improved capacity for urban and rural policing. This will build on last year's police precept investment which provided funding for 50 frontline police officer posts.

Help shape the future of policing in Warwickshire by giving your feedback on the plans and encouraging friends and family to do the same.

The survey is  open until January 24, so don't delay in giving us your views.

Take the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WarksPrecept19-20